The anticipated album Frank Ocean promised music-starved fans is finally here.
The teasing rapper from New Orleans dropped a 17-track album, titled “Blond,” late Saturday instead of the false flag “Boys Don’t Cry” album linked to an earlier August release.
“I had the time of my life making all of this,” Ocean wrote in a brief Tumblr post.
“Thank you all. Especially those of you who never let me forget I had to finish,” he added, addressing dogged fans. “Which is basically everyone of ya’ll. Haha. Love you.”
“Blond” follows a four-year musical drought after Ocean’s debut album, “Channel Orange,” which was nominated for six Grammy Awards and won another for best urban contemporary album in 2013.
The sophomore album reportedly features several big names, such as Beyoncé, Kanye West and André 3000.
Frank Ocean released his sophmore album “Blond” on Saturday.
“Blond” accompanied a trail of breadcrumbs that nearly drove listener’s to wit’s end while waiting for his new music.
A mysterious library card hinted at several due dates, including July 2, but that day came and passed with no sign of Ocean’s new beats.
Leading up to the new album, Ocean live streamed a visual album known as “Endless” on his website Thursday night and on Saturday, hours before dropping “Blond,” he put out a new song titled “Thinking Bout You.” Neither song appears on “Blond” through Apple Music.
The “Boys Don’t Cry” title was not discarded, however. It made a surprise appearance as the title of a 360-page zine handed out at pop-up shops in NYC, Chicago, Los Angeles and London, according to Rolling Stone. It contained a copy of “Blond.”